Did you know that about 70% of Australians believe wearing a smartwatch improved their fitness?
While having a watch was a big deal in the previous century, owning a smartwatch has almost become a necessity. Not only do these watches provide minute-by-minute updates of time but they also offer you seamless biofeedback related to your health, athletic development, and even the weather.
But choosing the right sports watch can be quite challenging. If you are planning to monitor your training sessions and health, a Garmin Instinct 2 sports watch can be a wonderful addition to your collection.
Want to learn more about this smartwatch? Below is a comprehensive guide that highlights Garmin Instinct 2 specifications.
Garmin Instinct 2 Specifications
Let's dive into the many advanced features of this fitness watch. Here are some of its specifications.
- Price ranges from $549.00AUD for the standard version to $699.00AUD with solar charging
- Monochrome transflective MIP LCD screen
- Standard band size 20mm or 22mm quick fit
- 32MB inbuilt
- Case size 40mm or 45mm
- Weighs 42 to 53g
- Water Resistant, 100 m, 10 ATM
- Scratch, shock, and thermal resistant built
- Heart Rate Monitor
- Blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) sensor
- Blood Pressure Monitor
- Calorie tracker
- Respiratory monitor
- Sensors such as GNSS (GPS, Glonass, Galileo), barometric altimeter, and pedometer
- Connectivity with Bluetooth and ANT+
- Sleep monitor
- Rechargeable, built-in lithium-ion battery up to 30 hours in GPS mode and up to 28 days in smartwatch mode
- Compatible with iOS and Android devices
Notable Features of Garmin Instinct 2
There are a lot of sport watches out there on the market today. Below are features that make Garmin Instinct 2 stand out
Innovative Design and Display
Built to military standards, the Garmin Instinct 2 is a rugged GPS watch that offers shock, scratch, and heat resistance properties. Both Instinct 2 and Instinct S2 are engineered from fibre-armoured polymer. The Instinct 2 comes in a 45 x 45 x 14.5mm case with a 0.9 x 0.9-inch transflective MIP and 176 x 176 resolution.
You will also find five well-textured buttons dotted around the case that will help you navigate the menus and workout displays. At 53g, the polymer body of Instinct 2 doesn't weigh heavy on your wrist.
Garmin Instinct features a dial screen, which displays information about your heart rate, daily steps, and more. What's more, it has a power glass lens that provides a solar-powered battery boost.
If you don't prefer a bigger sports watch, Garmin also comes in a smaller, 43g Instinct 2S model with a 40 x 40 x 13.3mm case. The watch offers a 0.79 x 0.79-inch, 156 x 156 display.
Additionally, the Garmin Instinct 2 features a waterproof rating of 10 ATM. This means it's fit to be submerged in water up to 100 metres in depth.
Advanced Hardware and Software Features
There's a lot packed into Instinct 2. From a hardware viewpoint, Instinct 2 offers more storage, expanding to 32MB from 16MB of the Garmin Instinct. This means you can store more data.
The other features come down to software. Some of the software features in the Instinct 2 include GPS, blood oxygen monitoring, heart rate, thermometer, barometric altimeter, accelerometer, and compass.
Focus on Health and Fitness
The Garmin Instinct 2 is an outdoor watch first and foremost. This means it's able to track outdoor sports activities like skiing, swimming, running, golf, cycling, and more.
Apart from outdoor activities, this GPS sports watch also adds indoor tracking modes such as indoor climbing, e-biking, and more. When you're in the gym, the watch also offers profiles for cardio, strength, stair stepping, elliptical training, and yoga.
If you need help with your training, Instinct 2 offers custom workout suggestions. You can create personalized workouts that include goals for each step of your training and the varied calories, distances, and times covered.
During your training, you can also view additional workout-specific data like training effect, recovery, performance condition, and VO2 max monitoring. Aside from workouts, the watch can help you improve your overall well-being.
It provides you with all-day health monitoring with sleep, heart rate, respiration, and more so you can understand your body better. But remember this watch isn't a medical device and it isn't intended for use in the diagnosis of any medical condition.
Cutting-Edge Navigation and Tracking Features
Instinct 2 offers navigation. But it doesn't have ClimbPro, points of interest, or a map. Although the watch doesn't have any maps on the unit, it provides navigation by following a breadcrumb trail in real-time or through direct-to-point navigation.
This sports watch also provides supplemental safety and tracking features. It offers distance tracking on your hikes or runs using GPS, Glonass and Galileo satellite support.
When the watch senses an incident during outdoor activities, it allows you to send a message with your name, GPS location, and LiveTrack link to your emergency contacts. The LiveTrack link lets your loved ones follow your workout activities in real-time.
But to access the tracking and safety features you must first connect to the Garmin Connect app using Bluetooth technology. What's more, your paired phone must be in an area with good network coverage and have a data plan.
Optimal Battery Life
Garmin Instinct 2 raises the bar in battery life. It offers up to 28 days of solar-powered battery life in smartwatch mode. This means you can use it continuously for four weeks. The watch is the perfect accessory for serious hobbyists and athletes that don't have the patience for everyday charging.
With this sports watch, you can get Max Battery GPS, Expedition GPS, and battery-saver modes. All these battery life capacities are dependent on if you spend about 3 hours each day outside in 50,000 lux conditions. In case you spend a lot of your time in the sun, you can receive unlimited battery life.
However, you may not get enough solar power when you spend most of your time indoors. But generally, the battery life on this GPS smartwatch is impressive.
Stress-Free Compatibility and Customisation
The Instinct 2 is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch. You can also access the features of this watch if you own Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
When it comes to customisation, this timepiece offers customisable watch faces and uses interchangeable bands. The Garmin Instinct 2 is available in several new colours. Some of the watch case colours include muted grey, lime green, and turquoise.
Should You Upgrade to the Garmin Instinct 2?
Looking for an outdoor watch with navigation, ample tracking modes and decent battery life?
Look no further than the Garmin Instinct 2. It offers all the aforementioned features wrapped up in a light, playful design. This makes this watch a great sports watch and an even greater smartwatch.
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